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Forum topic by jmcpadky posted 01-20-2011 05:49 AM 776 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jmcpadky

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01-20-2011 05:49 AM

I’ve just bought a 1960 PM model 81 band saw missing the table and motor. I’d like to find a used table and get suggestions for appropriate motor choice. I’m a new member and impressed with all the resources here—thanks!


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#1 posted 01-20-2011 06:20 AM

You’re looking for a needle in a haystack… a very expensive and
rare needle. Be prepared to search for several years before
you find the table. In the meantime, I recommend you fabricate
a table with wood and a metal top. 1/4” thick aluminum or steel
will probably be stiff enough. The parts underneath that mate
with the trunions you can make from hardwood.

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#2 posted 01-20-2011 11:32 PM

Here are a few manuals from OWWM. They will be a good source of information for you. That table is awesome. The single trunnion is 6 inches wide! Loren is right, you may need to get creative on this one. -Jack

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#3 posted 01-21-2011 12:11 AM

I hope you did not pay much money for your BS.
I would never buy a BS without its table, nothing guarantee that you will find one.
What is a PM model 81 anyway?

Question: why did you buy a BS without its table?
I guess that, like everyone of us , you wanted to save money. There is nothing wrong with that. But would you buy an old used car without its wheels and engine and transmission to save money?

Sometimes when one tries to save money he/she ends up spending a lot of money and especially of time for not much.

If I was you and if you can, I would return this BS and buy a complete one, either an old name brand one or a cheap brand but new or newer one.

I bought a one year old 14” BS for $100.00, it was used only once when I bought it.
I do not try to put you down but I just try to help you.

-- Bert

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#4 posted 01-21-2011 02:38 AM

Hey, thanks for the welcome and the valuable information. FYI, all that’s missing is the original table and the trunion that bolts to it. All the rest of the trunion parts are there, guide, roller, etc.. And the guy I bought from had an old (very heavy) band saw table 24” x 29” that will work with cleanup and anchoring. A good friend and a son-in-law are machinists (in very well equipped shops) and will help with that old fence. But I’ll wait a while for that “needle in a haystack” to complete an awesome saw. With other Powermatic model 81’s on ebay for $1200-2000, I thought $300, some searching and elbow grease was a pretty good deal. I’ll follow up with some photos here and at owwm, soon. Thanks again, JMc.

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#5 posted 01-21-2011 02:46 PM

Good luck to you JMc and I am sure that you will have a very nice saw when finished.
We are glad to have you on board at LJs

-- Bert

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#6 posted 01-26-2011 07:01 PM

I took the table and trunion off my 20” Delta saw recently to
paint it and I noticed that without the table, the saw has about
a 20” resaw capacity – considerably more than the 13” it has
with the table in place. It occurred to me that if I were only
to use the saw for cutting logs and thick boards I could just take
the table off and put a 1” thick wood table on it to support the
cut – I would have a vertical bandmill capable of some substantial
work. Perhaps if you’re into making lumber, such would be an
appropriate use for your saw until you find the illusive table.

Is this the same table-less saw a guy posted on OWWM a few
years back that he got at a school auction?

Probably the saw was knocked over being moved and the table
got broken. Bandsaws are tippy.

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